Life

How Stoicism Can Help You Have Soul in the Game

In my interview with “What is Stoicism”, I discuss how stoicism can help us improve our personal and professional lives.

Inspiring Stories & Hard-Won Life Lessons: Introducing My New Book

My newest book, Soul in the Game, is now live and available for purchase. It has nothing to do with investing, but has everything to do with something far more important: living a meaningful life.

Sitting on the Tarmac in The Land of Stoicism

I recently took Jonah and Hannah to NYC for a long weekend. Jonah was leaving for Israel that Sunday and Hannah and I decided to join him for the weekend to inhale the art and culture that New York has to offer. However, this trip to NYC started with me practicing a bit of Stoicism.

Turning a PBS Interviewer into Interviewee

Turning a PBS Interviewer into Interviewee

I was interviewed on PBS Newshour about the insanity that is happening in the NFT market. I can sum up my thoughts in one sentence: NFTs, just like cryptocurrencies, are not just a technology of the future, but a speculative bubble induced by excess global liquidity in the present.

Soul in the Game – The Art of a Meaningful Life by Vitaliy Katsenelson

Soul in the Game – The Art of a Meaningful Life

This is my newest book. It has nothing to do with investing. In fact, it is a deeply personal collection of inspiring stories and hard-won lessons that weave together insights from classical composers, ancient Stoics, and contemporary thinkers. It's a tapestry of practical wisdom that has helped me overcome some of my greatest challenges - in work, family, identity, and health.

30 Years in America

30 Years in America

On the 30th Anniversary of my family's arrival in the United States from Soviet Russia, I reflect on my time here. After recounting the hard early days in a new country when I was "fresh off the boat", I offer perspective on how America has changed since I arrived. What I see now is, in some ways, more troubling than what I found all those years ago as a new immigrant.

Let’s keep humans at the heart of hiring practices

Let’s Keep Humans At The Heart Of Hiring Practices

The Financial Times recently published an article about my travails in recruiting. After sharing the article, I expand on what I learned about recruiting, teams, and culture since becoming CEO of IMA.

Winning the Ovarian Lottery

Winning the Ovarian Lottery

“At least a billion people on earth at this moment who would consider their prayers answered if they could trade places with you.” – Sam Harris

Rooting For The Underdog

Rooting For The Underdog

For the longest time, my son Jonah would beat his younger sister Hannah at just about everything. That all changed when we watched The Queen's Gambit earlier this year.

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

I recount the first time I felt fear. Not the fear of losing my own life, but the fear a parent feels when their kids are at risk. I remember this harrowing episode, and what it taught me about being a parent.

Vitaliy's Interview with Indiana University Students

Interview with Indiana University Students

In this interview with Indiana University MBA and MsF students, I take a deep dive into my approach to investing.

My Interview with World Class Performer

My Interview with World Class Performer

In early 2021, I was interviewed by the website WorldClassPerformer.com. What follows are a series of questions about my background, influences and habits.

Go Ahead, Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife

Go Ahead, Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife.

I recently asked another value investor if he wanted Warren Buffett's success. While this may seem like a rhetorical question, the truth is many value investors are quietly envious of Buffett.

Girl's Gambit

Girls’ Gambit

It all started after my daughter, Hannah, watched The Queen’s Gambit for a homework assignment. She told me I had to watch it. I did, and loved it. But then Hannah said, “Dad, let’s play chess!”

Don’t Be a Sophist

Don’t Be a Sophist

I discuss how to use a Stoic technique to help manage the emotions that come with the stock market.

Why Do I Write a 27-page Letter To Clients

Why Did I Write a 27-page Letter To Clients

In these letters I diligently walk clients through our research on stocks we own, including those we have recently bought and sold. I cover how we value them, why we own them, etc.

A Shift in Perception Transforms Reality

A Shift in Perception Transforms Reality

2020 will go into our memory banks as a very painful year. Stoicism, particularly the stoic practice of negative visualization, helped me put 2020 into a broader historical context, and compare what happened, which was bad, to what could have happened.

One Spreadsheet at a Time

One Spreadsheet at a Time

Recalling a teaching moment I had with my daughter Hannah, in which I got to share my love of spreadsheets and their usefulness.

Jonah Doing Jonah’s Thing

Jonah Doing Jonah’s Thing

I describe the next adventure my son Jonah will have going to college from Hawaii.

Santa Fe “Remember This”

Santa Fe: “Remember This”

Santa Fe and my family go way back to the early 90s. It all started with my father and my stepmother. My father had his paintings exhibited in a gallery on Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road. A few times a year, they would load up paintings in a minivan and drive them to Santa Fe.

De-Numb Your Mind

De-Numb Your Mind

I can definitely see how we are always trying to numb our minds. We constantly need the mental organ entertained and well-numbed with external stimuli. It seems that whenever we are left with ourselves, that is, with our minds, we reach out for our favorite portable numbing device and happily lose ourselves in Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, or YouTube. We spend little or no time with ourselves.